The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (and the Interesting) of Libraries and eBooks – Pew’s Latest Report

This morning at 12:01 am Pew released their new report on the role of libraries in the digital age – title Libraries, patrons and ebooks. You can read the full report here and I encourage you to do so, there is a great deal of good data there. I've pulled out some data that I think falls under the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain interesting sections. The good: Almost 70% of people believe that their local library is important to them 58% of adults are library card holders. 12% of Americans ages 16 and older who read e-books say they have borrowed an e-book from a library Read more [...]

Penguin’s Pitiful Re-Engagement With Libraries

Shame on Penguin for this pitiful attempt at re-establishing a relationship. Reminds me of a bad boyfriend I had once – he’d be a jerk, disappear then show up again in a day or two saying he wanted to make it work, that he cared about me but he wanted to take it slow and maybe see other people too.  Let’s learn faster than I did that this is a BAD relationship. Seriously. Remember when they left? Citing problems with "friction"  (they actually considered making patrons physically visit the library to download ebooks) and Amazon? Now they are back - they want to work with us. Read more [...]

I am Honored to be Included in the 2012 Salem Press Blog Awards – Thank you!

This morning Salem Press announced the winners of their 2012 Blog Awards. When I saw the announcement for nominees a couple of weeks ago I was honored and humbled to be included along side this year’s fellow nominees for public library blogs which included - RA for All, David Lee King, Richard Kong, and Agnostic, Maybe. Because of such fine company I was surprised to see this morning’s announcement for the public library category: Public Library Blog Winner Librarian by Day Public Library Blog Honorable Mention David Lee King Two well-cultivated blogs rose to the top in the Read more [...]

“Information is powerful, but it is how we use it that will define us”

I can't stop thinking about this video since I saw it yesterday. Especially the quote I used for the title of this post. "Information is powerful, but it is how we use it that will define us" Look past the fact that it is from Google and look at the power of information. Take note that this includes the internet but also a physical bulletin board. You can see more videos like this at Google Search Stories Since I'm sharing vidoes, not something I do often here these days watch this one from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Libraries and the digital divide Read more [...]

Don’t Write Off ALA’s Work on Digital Literacy and the FCC Before Reading This

About two weeks ago there was an article in the New York Times titled Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era which caused an outcry among librarians, and there has been a whirlwind of online activity. Much of what is in that article was no surprise to me thanks to my interest in digital literacy, my service on the Digital Literacy Task Force and the fact that I've been following the FCC's focus, or lack thereof, on digital literacy since the National Broadband Plan was released in March of 2010. I have also been publicly expressing concern over the FCC's acknowledge (or lack thereof) the Read more [...]

Digital Literacy and eBook Sessions of Note at #ALA12

I won't be speaking at ALA instead I'll be spending much of my time in meetings. I thought I would share sessions of note on digital literacy and ebook issues that readers might be interested in. Unfortunately I won't be able to be at all these as they often conflict with my commitments. But if you are interested in ebooks or digital literacy issues take note! :-) Saturday The E-book Elephant in the Room: Determining What’s Relevant and Effective for Your Patrons & Making Effective Decisions for Your Future E-collection 8:00am to 10:00am Anaheim Convention Center 204C Speaker: Anne Read more [...]

ALA Survival Tips and Packing Suggestions #ala12

Packing list About a year ago I started trying to travel with only a carry on.  I was tired of paying the extra baggage fees, waiting for my bag at the end of the trip and lugging around a heavy bag. So far I have been success for all library conferences.  I don't even have one of those fancy new carry-ons with the spinning wheels and a bagillion pockets that make it expand so much it only fits in the overhead bin by being rammed in. My primary carry on is ten years old (I do have a smaller one for very short trips & a duffle style one when I know I'll need to carry it a lot).  I usually Read more [...]

Why Library and eBooks Issues Matter

It is no secret that a lot of my time the couple of last years has been spent reading, writing, talking, and thinking about eBooks. To the point where I'm a little sick of the whole mess. Really. Sometimes I want to never think or talk about eBooks and libraries again. I'm sure some of you feel the same way. I know there are people out there who think it is a waste of time for librarians to be worried about the ebook issues, or rather content in general. They think that libraries are about community and experience and creation and content doesn't matter or at least won't matter in our future. These Read more [...]

Libraries Bridging the Digital Divide – Presentation

A while back I delivered the opening Keynote for the Michigan State Library's Beginners Workshop.  The conference is focused on library staff who do not have a formal library degree and is an introduction to many issues. The topic of my presentation was the role of libraries in bridging the digital divide - I talked about the digital divide and digital literacy and the role that libraries play in both. I included my resources on slide 20 but I have also posted them below with links for your convenience. Libraries Bridging the Digital Divide View more PowerPoint from Bobbi Newman Resources ALA Read more [...]